The Bob Jones University Seminary and Graduate School of Religion is committed to the authority of Scripture and the careful exegesis of the Word of God. Anyone who desires to better understand the Bible and theology can benefit from an MA in biblical studies.
We will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to more effectively serve in whatever position the Lord has placed you, whether it’s in full-time ministry or as a layperson in your church.
The master of arts degree in biblical studies is designed for students who desire a broad, flexible program without sacrificing quality. Your studies will include theology, foundational subjects such as hermeneutics and church history, and ministry applications.
You will learn from experienced faculty who believe in the authority of Scripture and who have a heart for ministry.
The program provides a flexible learning environment for those who are unable to attend traditional in-residence classes but who wish to further their professional abilities as pastors, youth pastors, counselors, missionaries, teachers in Christian schools and lay leaders in local churches. And you can complete this degree entirely online—no residency is required.
All of our faculty possess terminal degrees and are experts in the courses they teach. Among them, they are experienced as pastors, church leaders, missionaries, church planters and writers. They are dedicated to the authority of Scripture and the proper exegesis of biblical texts.
You can take courses from the convenience of your home. Online classes are designed to be flexible and yet structured. A qualified faculty member will set assignment deadlines and monitor your progress throughout the course, but you’ll be able to listen to the lectures according to your own schedule. Throughout the course you’ll be expected to interact with both the faculty member and other students. Each course lasts 6-8 weeks, so you should be able to work a full-time job and still complete an online course.
David Schaaf, '12
Taking these classes has been the most rewarding thing I could have done for my ministry and for the Lord’s body of believers here. The classes were extremely challenging and stretched me way past what I thought possible. The overriding emphasis on biblical theology has shifted my view of Scripture, which in turn affects my personal study and preaching.
In my testimony at graduation, I challenged all men in the ministry of the Gospel of Christ with Paul’s words to Timothy, “Study to show thyself approved unto God.” An undergraduate Bible degree is a good start, but I highly recommend the online program as a way to handily continue your theological training once out on the field. It requires intensive study and discipline, but is worthwhile and can be sculpted to fit with the time restraints of ministry. With this program a Christian leader can “get wisdom, and with all thy getting, get understanding” (Prov. 4:7).
Dan Mangum, '13
I wanted a program that would teach me to better understand and use the Bible while also helping me learn how to more effectively help people. The MA in biblical studies fits perfectly with what I wanted. I have often described the program to friends as a “humanities in Bible” because it covers such a broad range of studies.
The program has a very strong doctrinal foundation in Old and New Testament and systematic theologies while also including extremely practical classes such as counseling and expository preaching. Every teacher I had loves the material they teach and are thoroughly capable of answering any questions that came up during or after class.
I am very grateful for the education I received from taking the MA in biblical studies program. My training at Bob Jones University Seminary through this program has prepared me to be ready to engage in almost any type of local church ministry. If you know you want to serve the Lord in some kind of very involved or full-time ministry but are not sure yet exactly what that is, I strongly recommend your consideration of the MA in biblical studies program. You will not be disappointed.
Ruth Shumate, '14
Isn’t seminary for pastors and missionaries!? Well, yes … but no. Pastors can’t do the work alone. They need well-trained lay people to help shoulder the tasks of teaching and counseling. I am thankful for the wide variety of classes in the program, which have adequately prepared me for my current teaching job.
One of the best features of the master’s degree in biblical studies is its diversity. I enjoy the large dose of mind-stretching theology along with the sampling of history courses that provide perspective. Classes in expositing show how to translate theology into practical ministry. The fact that the program can be taken entirely online makes it extremely flexible, accommodating current commitments to family, career and ministry obligations. This degree is a worthwhile endeavor for anyone wanting to grow in the ability to study and use God’s Word.
The following courses are required:
Each student will:
- Create a theological outline of his beliefs.
- Critique critical theories concerning Old and New Testament introduction.
- Apply principles of biblical interpretation to biblical exposition.